Igcabugao Cave is located in barangay Igbaras in Iloilo. It is 14 kilometers away from the town proper. It is a downhill walk on a rocky track where tremendous rock formations frames the way to the cave. One can relax in the cool and clear waters of Igbolo Creek nearby. The chambers inside the cave are eerie and immense. Lantern-equipped guides will take one to a pool of clear but extremely cold water. Although there are other caves in the area such as the Passi Cave, Bat Cave, Bais Cave and Lapusan Cave. Spelunkers enjoy the vastness and richness of Igcabugao Cave with its underground basins that houses a number of cave creatures and inside the cave, the splendid formation of stalagmites and stalactites sparkles like immaculate crystals. The window of the cave that emanates breathtaking Continue reading
The Moro Watchtowers are located in the coastal municipalitiy of Guimbal in Iloilo. During the 17th century, constant attacks from Moro pirates made these watchtowers as a defense mechanism necessity during the pre-hispanic era. During that time, the Moro pirates captures natives of Guimbal and sold them as slaves in Mindanao. These structures have been spruced up and beautified by the Department of Tourism in 1984. Although now in presentable condition, the upper levels have been coated with cement and has faux rock outlines while the cavity was filled up and cemented. A streetlight has been mounted at the centers. There are five watchtowers, each in Pescador, Generosa-Cristobal Colon, Rizal-Tugguisan. Continue reading
The Cabatuan Church, officially known as the San Nicolas de Tolentino Church, is located in Cabatuan, Iloilo. The Cabatuan Church was built under the guidance and direction of Augustinian Friar Ramón Alquezar. Friar Alquezar remained in Cabatuan until is death in 1863. Neoclassical in style, the church replaced the temporary ones constructed by earlier priests. Every side of the church is a facade in itself. Its walls are overlaid with red bricks. Before World War II, there was a spacious rectory or convento, which can accommodate 3000 people, at the right side of the church. It was however burned by the guerillas in 1942 as part of their scorched earth strategy. In 1943, it was demolished by the Japanese Imperial Army and its bricks were used as overlay for the Tiring Landing Field. On Jan. 25, 1948, the Continue reading
The Jaro Belfry is located between the Jaro Cathedral and the plaza in Iloilo City. Jaro Cathedral, which draws faithful and devotees to the miraculous Our Lady of Candles, has been declared a national pilgrimage site by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Its belfry is one of the few in the country that stands apart from the church. History noted the belfry of the “New Cathedral” was the former tower of Jaro church built by Fray Ilanos in 1826-1837. It was ruined by a 1948 magnitude 8.6 earthquake and restored by the city government in the 1990s. On July 17, 1787, the Belfry was heavily damaged by an earthquake leaving only the base. It was only in 1833, spearheaded by Augustinian friar, Father Jesse Alvarez, that the belfry was completely rebuilt. According to historians, a second earthquake hit the belfry sometime between Continue reading
The Arroyo Fountain is Iloilo City’s famous landmark, built in honor of Jose Maria Arroyo, a former senator of the Philippines who was born in 1875 in Iloilo City, and who later died in Liguria Italy. Jose Maria Arroyo is the grandfather of Mike Arroyo, the husband of former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The fountain has a distinct neoclassic design featuring four Grecian women holding basins above their heads and facing different directions (North, South, East and West). The fountain serves as the point of reference for Panay Island, often referred to as Zero Point, or Kilometer 0. The fountain is surrounded by a mall, retail shops, convenient stores, and restaurants nearby. Furthermore, the fountain is in front of another landmark – the old Iloilo Provincial Capitol (Casa Real), another historical site declared by the Continue reading
The municipality of Leganes is surrounded by a spiritual halo with the celebration of its annual Saad Festival, a well-known Catholic tradition celebrated after Lent as a way to let loose after the prohibitions of the religious holidays. It is also a time when the devout and curious join together and converge on the streets and squares which take on the ambience and mystique of its celebration. Saad, a Hiligaynon term for vow, depicts Leganesnons’ intense spirituality and religious faith. Saad actually stems from a religious basis although this might be difficult to believe if you choose to experience the weeklong, all-night parties that characterize the happening. The Hiligaynon word Saad means faith and this festivity keeps the spirit of unity amongst its people. This tourism celebration provides visitors the opportunity to worship with the local Christian community. Continue reading
Pinasugbo is a native confection made from thinly sliced caramelized native banana sprinkled with sesame seeds. It is also one of the most popular delicacies in Iloilo City and well-loved by children because of its chewy and sweet consistent taste. Children may pass on with barquillos, but with sweet and chewy Ilonggo delicacy like pinasugbo? No way. Pinasugbo are thinly sliced native bananas covered with brown sugar and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Bet your kids will keep remembering Iloilo and ask for more pinasugbo!
The term Biscocho is derived from the Latin phrase word ‘bis coctus’ which means “twice baked.” It is a popular delicacy in Iloilo City and refers to baked bread topped with butter and sugar, or garlic, in some cases. Biscocho is a part of Filipino cuisine originated from Iloilo Province and it is also known as perfect match for coffee or hot chocolate drinks.
Kadyos is found locally under many different spellings, including: kadios, kagyos, kagyas, kaldis, kalios, kardis, kidis or tabios. It is also known as the Congo pea or black-eyed pea in English. It is grown on Panay Island in the Philippines, in the provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Antique. Plants flower after 65- 80 days, and after a short time fresh pods can be harvested. The plants reach their maturity for dry harvest after another 50 – 75 days. The legumes are high in vitamins and minerals, and resemble small, black beans and have a rich, nutty flavor. Continue reading
The Sulod live inland in the Panay provinces of Capiz, Antique and Iloilo, with some concentrations in the villages of Tapaz, Lambunao and Valderrama. These agricultualists are frequently on the move, fields being shifted every two years and left fallow for at least five before reuse. Settlements consist of a few houses led by and old wise man called parankuton, who is assisted by a younger man called timbang. Both positions are achieved. There are many religious rites, including 16 major ones led by a baylan. The Sulod are widely known for their extensive epics which are committed to memory, including the Labaw Dunggon. Continue reading